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Danone Nations Cup

Danone Nations Cup
It is the largest children's football world championship, which involves children at the age of 10 to 12 years from 45 countries! Every year the winners of the national games in each of the countries represent their country at the finals of the Cup, which takes place at the most famous stadiums in the world: 2010 - Orlando, South Africa; 2011 - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain; 2012 - The National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland; 2013 - Stadium Wembley, England.
 
Danone is the founder and organizer of this championships all over the world, in every country where our products arebeing sold. "Danone Nations Cup" is our contribution to a healthy future of children and their families around the world .
 
How did it all begin? After the World Cup in France in 1998, Danone group of companies decided to create an international football tournament for children.

In 2000, the first Danone Nations Cup championship was held, 8 teams from two continents participated! Representatives from Bulgaria, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Turkey and Ukraine were among them. At that time, we managed to collect 35,000 players and 125,000 spectators around the world! France was the first team to win the Cup. And Aydin Yilmaz, one of the Turkish players, joined the professional league and now he is playing in one of the best clubs in his country - "Galatasaray"! Stories like this confirm the philosophy of the event: "Believe in your dreams".

In 2001, 24 teams from 24 countries on 4 different continents played in the championship. Giovani "Gio" Dos Santos, a former player of FC Barcelona, was chosen as the best player of the tournament. Reunion Island was the winner in 2001, and in 2002 the Cup was taken by Argentina . In 2003, Danone Nations Cup rose to a higher level! 32 countries took part and Zinedine Zidane became the official ambassador of the championship. Between 2003 and 2006,  South Africa, Spain and Reunion Island respectively became the winners.

In 2007, Danone Nations Cup moved further away, gathering 40 countries from the whole world. Such countries as Saudi Arabia, Chile, Hungary, Uruguay, Namibia and Bangladesh joined an exciting new competition. The finals was being watched by 35,000 spectators, all on edge, and more than 250 journalists. In 2007 the Cup went to South Africa again.

In 2008, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Mauritius and Qatar took part in the championship. 8 years after its first victory, the team representing France finally made its dream come true and won the ninth championship. That fact this was being observed by Danone Nations Cup ambassador and the World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane was especially pleasant. In 2009, for the first time the finals of Danone Nations Cup championship was planned not in France, but in Brazil. However, because of the risk of swine flu, the championship has been postponed until 2010. That is why Danone Nations Cup that was held in South Africa in 2010 was such a unique and unrepeatable event, as finalist teams of 2009 and 2010 were playing simultaneously!


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